Happy Sunday Beautiful,
Sometimes we need a cue to unwind and self-indulge. To take the time out to doing some feel-good rituals. I created these weekly sunday ritual as your cue to have a bit of a time out, if no other time throughout the week. To set aside even 30 minutes to your self care and self growth. A pampering for your body, mind, and soul.
Some have been writing, some have been digging deeper. Today though, is about a little at home spa time. Something simple and easy.
Sunday ritual, especially this is a way to recharge and re-energize after the weekend, heading to bed relaxed and ready to take on the week.
But, as you may know, I am trying to find ways to minimize waste, consumerism and focus on clean products. So, no need to go buy something to do something nice for yourself. Just open your cupboard to find some easy, at-home remedies.
Think of the korean masks and single use eye, lip and sheet masks that just add to landfills. According to the EPA, Americans throw out, on average, 254 million tons of “municipal solid waste.” (1) 30% of that is containers and packaging. Imagine even now with all the single use masks that are packaged. Think of the korean masks and single use eye, lip and sheet masks that just add more to this.
So, I love opening up my cupboards even more because it doesn’t create waste just for a bit of indulgence.
Your Sunday Ritual: DIY FACE MASK
Ok you do have to find something that is good for your skin and your face. But here are some key ingredients and ideas.
Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, essential amino acids, and lauric and caprylic acid which form part of the barrier function of your skin and help maintain your skin's natural flora aka the good bugs! (2).
Great if you have dry skin. According to Aless is nourishing, anti-aging, super hydrating, real hydration locks moisture into the skin. Use sparingly and note some adverse effects here. It is great antioxidant and robust for winter.
Honey has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and is also natural anti-inflammatory. Helps with acne as well. Great for facial cleansing as well (read here). However, make sure you are using real unpasteurized honey, as it has the great properties. If all you have is a billy bee or more generic brand, I would maybe skip it. There has been more evidence that it is just full of corn starch, as filler, so not going to get the benefit. Also, think of using sparingly, because the limit of bee and honey production.
“Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface.” - Gerrie Summers.
EXTRA CUPBOARD ADD-INS
CACAO POWDER: Add in for antioxidants
Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids and and beta hydroxy acids, two chemical exfoliants. In addition to clearing dead skin cells, lemon helps clear blackheads and acne, while honey works as a natural antibacterial.
I’m going to grab some charcoal, honey, coconut oil and lemon and get some of my blackheads out!